We offer a range of qualifications which will help you to progress towards Functional Skills qualification in maths. We cater for all levels up to Level 2: (Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2). A pass in the Level 2 Functional Skills qualification will qualify you to enrol onto our GCSE maths course in Sept 2017.
You can start all of our courses (except GCSE) at any time between September 2016 and April 2017.
All day time classes: are available every Friday during term time in Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury. Entry level learners are taught for one hour from 11.15 to 12.15 with an opportunity to continue with independent study in our well- equipped Learner Resource Centres (LRC). Level 1 and 2 learners have two hours in the classroom from 12.45 to 14.45.
Classes are available on Tuesday mornings in Devizes and on Thursday mornings in Warminster. Entry level learners are taught for one hour from 9.15 to 10.15 and Level 1 and 2 learners have two hours in the classroom from 10.30 – 12.30.
Evening classes: (18.00 to 20.00) are available in Chippenham on Tuesdays; Devizes on a Wednesday; Salisbury and Trowbridge on Thursdays. These classes cater for learners at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.
Distance Learning option: You can study at home or at work with access to our distance learning on-line materials. You will be assigned a course tutor who will support you on a one-to-one basis. There will also be a requirement to attend group tutorials, exam practice and exams sittings at one of our designated campuses during your period of study.
These courses are free of charge if you do not already hold a Level 2 equivalent or C grade or above at GCSE.
When you sign up to study maths, we will help you develop your core skills and knowledge in number calculations, money management, measurement, shape,space and handling data.
Whatever your current level in maths, there will be a qualification route available to you.
The full Functional skills qualifications for maths include:
A formal assessment for Entry level maths which is internally assessed and a formal assessment for the Level 1 and Level 2 maths which is externally assessed. All levels have set and marked tests which consist of scenario-based questions and take place under examined conditions at any time in the year.
Resources permitted in the examination room are: a pen with black ink, calculator, HB pencil, eraser and a ruler graduated in centimetres and millimetres.
You will be expected to attend the taught sessions regularly and be encouraged to develop your maths skills through group activities, paired activities and individual working.
You will also be introduced to a range of e-learning facilities to support your development and there will be an expectation for you to complete work outside the classroom ( ‘homework’).
Class assessments will be held on a regular basis and these will be designed to develop your skills and fully prepare you for the formal assessments which are required in order for you to gain awards and/or certificates. All formal assessments take place during class time and are available throughout the period of study.
You will be expected to complete weekly assignments using the e-learning facilities and maintain regular contact with your tutor who will be monitoring your progress throughout the programme of study.
There will also be a requirement to attend group tutorials, exam practice and exams sittings at one of our designated campuses during your period of study (minimum of 10 hours). Dates for these will be agreed with you during your study.
The course is free of charge to those of you who do not already hold a Level 2 equivalent or C grade or above at GCSE.
You will also be required to provide your own stationery, calculator and measuring instruments.
For those who start in September and demonstrate an ability and commitment to achieve a Level 2 Functional skills qualification by December, there may be an opportunity to move onto a GCSE Maths course in the January 2017.
For those who achieve a Functional skills Maths qualification during 2016/17; there are opportunities to progress to a GCSE Maths course in September 2017.